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Unformatted text preview: Yocom - 1 - Blake Yocom BIP 394: Leadership & Ethics Professor Syal Final Paper 17 March 2009 The Leader I Plan To Be Introduction What type of leader do I plan to be? This is a daunting question that creates a situation of wishful thinking and predicting the future. No one can truly foresee the type of leader they will become and no one can possibly choose their opportunities or circumstances. Indeed impossible without a roadmap, a guide, a set of principles; an internal compass finding one’s true north. Leadership can be many things to many people in many different environments, but what it requires is an internal driving force, a set of principles and values (read: ethics), and a recognition of weaknesses with action-item plans to address such weaknesses. This philosophy is not arrived at easily, but is only convincing once the quest of finding one’s true north has been attempted, or better yet, achieved. Leadership Countless number of books, films, papers, scholarly journals, classes, workshops, retreats, etc. has attempted to answer a whole range of questions pertaining to leadership. After decades of research and dead-end debates, the answer was always available. It is as Yocom - 2 - simple as finding yourself; finding your ‘true north.’ In Bill George’s True North , the notion that the answer to leadership lies within each individual is represented by the “internal compass.” People thrive in leadership capacities if and when they identify where this compass is pointing and how they act on self-identified strengths and passions, and mitigate their weaknesses. Along with finding and controlling this inner compass, one can look to the universal principles of leadership. In previous works, I was able to identify five attributes that can be found across leadership generations. These include: Character, Vision, Drive, Self-discipline, and Competence. True leadership’s very foundation of which everything else is derived is character. There are dozens of definitions of character, the one superior and applicable to the foundation for leadership is: “Qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity.” Without a foundation built upon and encompassing these qualities, the vision is askew, the drive is misdirected, the self-discipline is absent, and the competence is dangerous. Leadership is not self-driven or self-loathing; it is about others. Dwight Eisenhower once said, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Character-based leaders do not set goals for themselves, rather their organization. They do not lead for the sake of leading, rather for the fulfillment of their followers’ needs and dreams Wonderfully put . They do not seek out followers, rather they exemplify the universal traits and followers come naturally. The traits must be exercised sincerely and genuinely in an ethical fashion. Excellent....
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2012 for the course BIP 394 taught by Professor Syal during the Spring '09 term at Northwestern.
- Spring '09